I don't know about you, but my tastes are pretty eclectic. I can enjoy everything from melancholy ghost stories to family-friendly monster movies to R-rated zombie comedies. When October rolls around however, I tend to focus on one aspect of the Halloween season: the cornball.
Clever. Not what I meant. I'm talking about the goofy, the silly, the sublimely cheesy. I'm not sure why, but during the month of Halloween, I feel like the best movies to watch are the laughably bad ones, the 1950s alien invasion flicks, the Universal Monsters, the classic Halloween specials, the stuff that overflows with plastic bats, jack-o-lanterns, and a group of kids out to save the world. I've loved Halloween my whole life, and it seems, more so than other major holidays, to practically run on nostalgia. Everything I did as a kid -cornfield mazes, s'mores over a campfire, hayrides, haunted houses, pumpkin carving- just seems essential. Plus the food and drink that we associate with the 31st, like apple cider and candy.
Of course, other people do things a bit differently, and that's cool too. Some folks like to host or attend a movie marathon of the goriest, gnarliest stuff they can find. Others like to wear costumes (FYI, it takes more than a corset and animal ears to be considered a costume) and go out drinking. Still others spend time and effort (and loads of money) creating awe-inspiring front yard displays to terrify trick-or-treaters. I think as long as you get involved and have a good and safe time, it doesn't matter how you enjoy Halloween. I stop at animal or human sacrifice though. For me, Halloween is all about being 10 years old again, hearing Bing Crosby sing "The Headless Horseman" while running through the house on a sugar high. So, my question is: how do you boo? Do you go for the cheesy, the scary, the gory, the silly? What does your Halloween look like? Let me know in the comments!
The following cartoon is a great example of my kind of Halloween.